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Mentor Appointments

The opportunity to have personal, fifteen minute appointments with Editors, Agents, Mentors or PR/Media Professionals is a valuable highlight of the conference. These provide a great way to learn first-hand about the writing industry, to pitch your manuscript or work-in-progress, and to brainstorm ideas, get encouragement, and benefit from industry professionals.

All appointments are available on a first pay, first slotted basis. Appointments will be scheduled by the Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller. You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference.

Bonnie Calhoun


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Bonnie Calhoun is the Owner/Director of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance (CFBA) where she has 250+ book reviewers that twice weekly do blog tours for the latest in Christian fiction. She is also the Owner/Publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine (CFOM), a six-year-old 50+ page Ezine with columns and articles by the best and brightest authors and professionals in Christian fiction. Bonnie serves as the Northeast Zone Director of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She won ACFW’s Mentor of the Year for 2011. She also teaches social networking and blogging at several conferences throughout the year. And she has the first book in a new YA series with Revell publishing in Oct 2014 titled Thunder: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles). You can find her on Facebook at and o,n Twitter (@BonnieCalhoun), and on GoodReads.

For writer mentoring help or PR bring a list of questions or a few sample pages. For help with Facebook or a blog bring a laptop with a wifi connection and the ability to log into your site.

Ronie Kendig


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Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat and married a veteran. Her life is never dull in a family with four children and three dogs. She has a degree in psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Rapid-Fire Fiction, her brand, is exemplified through her novels: Dead Reckoning, the Discarded Heroes military series, which includes acclaimed novels Nightshade, Digitalis, Wolfsbane, and Firethorn, and A Breed Apart, her upcoming series about military war dogs. Ronie can be found at on Fa,cebook ( , Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.


As a seasoned veteran of the ACFW conference, I know attending can sometimes be daunting—but awesome—overwhelming, yet exhilarating, so if you need a battle buddy to share the load with, let’s talk! I’m glad to answer questions you might have about writing and navigating this industry, or simply someone to help you decompress and assimilate information with. If you’d like me to look at a writing sample or a chapter, please bring that to the meeting. Please keep in mind that these appointments do not allow for an in-depth look, but I’m glad to take a peek at your first few pages.

Cara Putman


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Cara Putman is the award winning author of 17 books with two more releasing this fall. She is a homeschooling mom, teaches graduate level business law classes at Purdue University and is an attorney. She loves sharing the stories God has put on her heart and staying on top of the every-changing publishing environment. You can learn more about Cara and her books at

I’d be delighted to answer questions you have about writing, finding balance, marketing your books, look at the first few pages, and encourage you on your journey. If you’d like me to look at your online presence, please bring a laptop. Remember the appointments are only 15 minutes and you control the direction. I’m here to serve you in any way I can.

Gayle Roper


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“I have been in love with story all my life,” says Gayle Roper, the award winning author of more than forty-five books. “Give me a story with strong characters and a captivating plot, and I’m one happy reader. Or writer.”

Among Gayle’s awards are the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers, and three HOLT Medallions. She has been a Christy finalist three times and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times Book Report. Of her title Fatal Deduction (Multnomah), Publishers Weekly states, “Roper’s dialogue and character development are spot-on, which is no small feat, considering that Libby’s world is peopled by everyone from elderly patricians to two-bit gangsters…This novel is a pleasure from start to finish.”

For her work in training Christian writers Gayle has won special recognition from Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, St. Davids CWC, Florida CWC, and Greater Philadelphia CWC. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, spending time at the family’s Canadian cottage, gardening, and eating out every time she can manage it.


Do you have questions about the industry? Do you want a quick critique of your first few pages? Do you want to talk ideas or brainstorm a plot line? Do you want to pray with someone or talk out an issue? Gayle's open for conversation on any topic and looks forward to meeting with many of you.

James L. Rubart


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James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL’S GATE, MEMORY’S DOOR, and SPIRIT BRIDGE (May ’14). During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

For the marketing appointments:
· What is the most nagging question about marketing you’ve always wanted to ask, but been afraid to?
· What three things are you doing right now to build a platform?
· What is the most unique thing about you? (Not about your writing, about you.)

For writing/career appointments:
· What are your three most pressing questions about the publishing industry?
· Becoming an author requires a strategic plan of study, networking, and platform building. What is your plan?
· If you could wave a magic wand, what would the next three years look like in regards to your writing career?

You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.

August 20, 2015: Late Registration rates in effect. - September 1, 2015: Walk-in registration rates go into effect.